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“We have a squad.” Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag delivers verdict on Arsenal head of crunch Old Trafford showdown

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“We have a squad.” Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag delivers verdict on Arsenal head of crunch Old Trafford showdown

Erik ten Hag, the manager of  Manchester United, expects Arsenal to be “tough opponents” when they visit Old Trafford on Sunday.

The Gunners are atop the Premier League table after winning their opening five matches of the season.

“I’ve seen them – they are tough opponents,” said the Dutchman ahead of the encounter. “As we know, they’ve started really well. This is a team that is together with the coach. You can see his philosophy. We will pick the right XI to start the game. It’s not only a team – we have a squad.”

Following a disastrous season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his interim replacement Ralf Rangnick, United hired Ten Hag as their new manager early this year.

But the former Ajax manager’s stay at Old Trafford got off to a poor start as Manchester United sank to the bottom of the Premier League table after losing 2-1 to Brighton and 4-0 to Brentford.

In the last two weeks, the Red Devils have found their form in the Premier League, defeating Liverpool, Southampton, and Leicester.

David de Gea has kept consecutive clean sheets as the Saints and the Foxes were unable to find a way past him. And Ten Hag praised his team’s recent defensive performances.

“Collectively, I’ve seen the whole team is defending,” added the 52-year-old. “So, that makes it easier for our defenders. What they do now is cooperate. They do it together – they support each other. If they have a good performance, then it’s difficult for our opponents to create chances.

“I think that’s what you’re seeing at the moment. I’ve seen some good stuff. The structures are coming – we’re constructing them. It’s good to see that. It’s about the formation, creating lines and making the right decisions on the ball. Out of possession, we are still making good steps but there’s still a lot of room for improvement.”

Jadon Sancho, a winger for Manchester United, has lauded Ten Hag’s effect since his arrival in the north west and stated that the players are enjoying their football under their new coach.

“We’re gelling well, we’re playing more in his style and everyone is loving it at the moment,” exclaimed the England international.

“We have a style of play. Some of it is just understanding the intelligence of our players – we’re getting to know each other. We have more information now – a clearer plan of what to do – especially in some areas of the pitch. And everyone on the pitch is putting in 100 per cent. We’re putting it in – and we have to keep giving that to get results.”

“We have a squad.” Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag delivers verdict on Arsenal head of crunch Old Trafford showdown

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